‘Queen of Soul’ ea­ger to bring out a new al­bum

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NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin, who cel­e­brated her 72nd birth­day on Tues­day, hopes her next year brings a new al­bum for her­self and record deals for the mu­si­cal mem­bers of her fam­ily.

Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul” for her pow­er­ful voice and range, cel­e­brated the mile­stone at a star­stud­ded birth­day party in New York, at­tended by Den­zel Wash­ing­ton and record la­bel ex­ec­u­tive Clive Davis.

The singer forged her ca­reer as a tow­er­ing fig­ure of pop­u­lar mu­sic dur­ing the 1960s and 1970s, with a long string of hits in­clud­ing the em­pow­ered an­them Re­spect and funk­in­fused Chain of Fools.

Franklin talked to Reuters about her love for New York City, whether she’ll take the Broad­way stage and what she gave to United States Pres­i­dent Barack Obama around the time when she sang at his first in­au­gu­ra­tion.

WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR What do I want? Lots of things, lots of things. I re­ally would like a record deal for my grand­daugh­ter, Vic­to­rie, and my son Ke­calf. That’s what I’m re­ally work­ing on other than my own CD that Face [Kenny ‘Baby­face’ Ed­ monds] is pro­duc­ing and [Outkast’s] An­dre 3 000 maybe do­ing some of the cuts with him. But he’s also in Af­ter Mid­night with Toni Brax­ton so we’re just wait­ing for him to fin­ish so he can fin­ish my tracks. Well, hey, you have to kind of treat yourself and pam­per yourself a lit­tle bit. So why not? WHAT IS THE BEST BIRTH­DAY GIFT YOU’VE EVER RE­CEIVED IN THE PAST? Just be­ing in New York. SPEAK­ING OF NEW YORK, WOULD YOU EVER DO BROAD­WAY? I would but I would have to do it on my own terms. Broad­way is a lot of work. I would love to do it but it would have to be like maybe three nights a week, four nights would be the max that I would do. YOUR FA­THER WAS WELL KNOWN AS A PREACHER. IS THERE A SER­MON THAT STILL RES­ONATES WITH YOU TO THIS DAY? Many of them, of course I have all of his ser­mons. And I also gave the pres­i­dent [Barack Obama] a set of them for a lit­tle more wis­dom. He is a young man. And I gave him a set when he first took of­fice.

I love them all, there are many that I like. Par­tic­u­larly the ‘Ea­gles Stirred Their Nest’. That speaks about par­ents and their chil­dren and what par­ents will do in try­ing to bring their chil­dren to in­de­pen­dence and things like that. They are all very, very pro­found and [have] a lot of wis­dom in all of them.

— Reuters.


FROM LEFT: Sheila Jack­son Lee, Clive Davis, Aretha Franklin and Den­zel Wash­ing­ton at­tend Franklin’s 72nd birth­day cel­e­bra­tion in New York. BIRTH­DAY THIS YEAR?

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